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Mistrust of Bertie Ahern runs deeper than 'dig-outs' and economic collapse

The former Taoiseach was never an 'Everyman', unlike Brian Cowen who used his political capital at Banking Inquiry

Published 12/07/2015 | 02:30

Bertie Ahern
Bertie Ahern

It takes a very particular kind of man to live alone. Bertie Ahern has long since become such a man. He has lived alone since 1992. I have lived alone since 2005, until a few months ago when my son moved in before the Leaving Cert and decided to stay, which has been a joy.

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A few weeks ago, we went for one of our walks along Griffith Avenue in Drumcondra, and for a change, turned into Beresford with the intention of coming out again at Church Avenue. Nothing much turns on this anecdote…

As we entered Beresford, a garda squad car pulled into the enclave and onwards, on its way to Bertie's house to relieve the officer on protection duty. We strolled on, and in due course passed his house, a wooden hut outside for the officer, the gardens neatly kept and everything in place and order.

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